||January 3, 1959|
||Total (Land + Water): 663,267 sq miles; Land Only: 571,951 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
|State Population (2015)||738,432|
|State Population Density||1.3 people / square mile|
|State Quarter Issue Date
||August 25, 2008|
||North to the future|
||Forget Me Not|
||The Last Frontier|
|State Gas Tax||$0.1225 / Gallon|
|State Cigarette Tax||$2.00 / Pack|
|Top 5 Cities (2010 population)
|Major Sports Teams
Alaska Fun Facts
- The name "Alaska" was derived from the Aleut word "Alaxsxaq," which means "mainland," or literally, "object to which the action of the sea is directed."
- Outsiders first discovered Alaska in 1741 when Danish explorer Vitus Jonassen Bering sighted it on a voyage from Siberia.
- Alaska is the only state that does not collect state sales tax or levy an individual state income tax
- Alaska is home to North America's highest peak, Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley), at 20,320 feet.
- The closest distance between mainland Alaska and mainland Russia is about 55 miles. In addition, the U.S.-owned Small Diomede and Russia-owned Big Diomede, both islands in the Bering Straits, are only about 2.5 miles apart.
- Alaska has a longer coastline than all the other U.S. states combined. Alaska has 6,640 miles of coastline and, including islands, has 33,904 miles of shoreline.
- Alaska has over 3 million lakes, of which 3,197 have an official name.
- Alaska has over 130 volcanoes that have been active within the last two million years.
- Juneau has no road access to the rest of the state. It is the only capital city in the United States accessible only by boat or plane.
- Juneau is also the largest city in the United States, covering 3,108 square miles. Juneau is larger than the state of Rhode Island.
- Nearly one-third of Alaska lies within the Arctic Circle.